On Saturday 25 June a culinary-framed guided tour will depart from the IABR location to visit a series of remarkable kiosks in Rotterdam under the devoted guidance of kioskologists Jacques Beljaars and Thomas Rouw. While eating en plein public, the stimulus of kiosks to liveliness, animation and unexpected encounters in public space can be tested and tasted.
As a small freestanding vending booth, the kiosk provides a meaningful contribution to the quality of public space. The kiosk invites passers-by to slow down, to stay and eat in the public domain, to meet with acquaintances and with strangers. It means trade and animation. The entrepreneurs as Public Characters who know their customers well, act as ‘eyes on the street’ and thus improve safety and the quality of life in the city. The kiosk provides human proportions to the build environment and the informal, sometimes even ludic architectonic experiments with anarchistic aesthetics, are a visual relieve amidst the fashionable sleek and slick designed street facades. At last, as a mini-enterprise, the kiosk is an often easy accessible and stable employer, which contributes in a sustainable way to the urban economy.
Within social trends such as the changing composition of the urban population, ‘festivalisation' of public space, civic initiatives and a growing independent and creative entrepreneurship, how can the kiosk act as representative of the Next Economy?
In collaboration with Urban Sociology students from the University of Amsterdam, Jacques Beljaars and Thomas Rouw conduct a research on the architectonic, urban and sociological value of the kiosk.
The kiosk tour is part of a three-part program of En Passant: KIOSK at the IABR. A lecture and an expert meeting complete the kiosk-program at the IABR 2016.
SATURDAY 25 JUNI
Tijd: 1 – 4 p.m.
Meeting Point: IABR–2016,Fenixloods II, Paul Nijghkade 19, Rotterdam
Language: Nederlands / English
Prijs:10 euro voor diverse kiosk versnaperingen onderweg
Guides: Jacques Beljaars & Thomas Rouw
Transport: Bicycle (BYO / OV)
More information: enpassantkiosk.nl